Oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) in acidic media is investigated at various potentials in a thin-film rotating disk electrode (TF-RDE) configuration using electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS). The ionomer-free and ionomer-containing thin-film catalyst layers are composed of Pt black and carbon-supported Pt catalysts of different metal loadings (5 and 20 wt%). The simplest EI spectrum consisting of an arc or a semi-circle is obtained at high potentials with ionomer-free Pt catalyst layers. The most complex spectrum consisting of a high frequency (HF) arc and two semi-circles is observed in the mixed diffusion-controlled region of the ionomer-containing catalyst layer with high loading of carbon-supported Pt. The nature of the EI spectrum is decided by the constituents of the thin-film catalyst layer and by the operating potential. The evolution of the EI spectra with ionomer and carbon contents is underlined. The effect of rotation rate (rpm) of the electrode on the impedance spectrum is also investigated. A series of equivalent circuits is required to completely describe the EI spectra of ORR. The kinetic parameters and the electrochemical surface area of the catalysts are derived from the impedance spectrum.